A rocky landscape with figures, dead trees in the foreground right with an outlook over the valley while the left shows a seep side of a mountain. The whole is bathed in Italianate sunlight. The strong light and shadow contrast creates a strong impression of warm temperatures and a burning sun in which the figure in horseback in the middle ground is travelling. This painting is also associated with the Bamboccianti, genre painters active in Rome from about 1625 until the end of the seventeenth century. Most were Dutch and Flemish artists who brought existing traditions of depicting peasant subjects from sixteenth-century Netherlandish art with them to Italy, and generally created small cabinet paintings or etchings of the everyday life of the lower classes in Rome and its countryside. Their paintings have been traditionally interpreted as a realist, true portrait of Rome and its popular life without variation or alteration of what the artist sees. Typical subjects include food and beverage sellers, farmers and milkmaids at work, soldiers at rest and play, and beggars,or pickpockets, bands of drunks and gluttons, scubby tobacconists, barbers, and other 'sordid' subjects. In contrast to their painted topics, the works themselves sold for high prices to esteemed collectors.